Application Walk-Through DAAD New York Eligibility criteria Undergraduate Scholarship • 2nd and 3rd year students • Enrolled full-time at a North American college or university Study Scholarship • Graduating seniors, graduate students, recent graduates Research Grant • PhD candidates, postdocs, individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany • Enrolled full-time at a North American university (if not planning to do the whole doctoral program in Germany) • Only ABD candidates can apply for a duration less than 10 months All applicants • Scholarships for students in all academic fields • Applicants may not be living in Germany for more than one year at the time of application DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service The online application form • Fill out the online application form • Print it out and sign it • The form is self-explanatory and there is a line-by-line instruction online • No picture necessary for North American applicants • Disregard page 4 and 5 “Information regarding your application” • For Undergraduates: duration of stay can differ from actual scholarship period (4-10 months) DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Application Documents Curriculum Vitae / Resume • Chronological order (most recent first) • No narrative text • No more than two pages Project Proposal Well defined project or research proposal Why is the stay in Germany essential for your studies? • Professor at a German university is an expert in your field of interest • Research in your field of study is of high quality in Germany DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Letters of recommendation 2 letters in English or French There is a recommendation form available online, but professors are welcome to write their recommendations as usual on university letterhead Must include original signature Referees may send them directly to the New York office You do not have to copy the sealed recommendation letters DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Letter of Acceptance - Undergraduates We require one of the following: Letter of Acceptance into a study abroad program • If you don’t have one yet, get a confirmation letter that you applied for the program, either by the International Office or a professor Letter of Invitation, by the German university (the International Office or a professor) Letter of Invitation by the host of your internship (company or lab) Mentoring letter of professor at home university who is supervising your research project DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Invitation from German university - Graduates Applicants for Master's programs: As German university deadlines are later than our deadline, you may not have yet been admitted to a German university; however, if already enrolled in Germany and applying for the second year of the Master’s, applicants must submit evidence of admission to a German university. Those beginning their Master’s do not need to submit any evidence of contact with a German institution Applicants for independent study: Your application will be greatly advantaged if you can provide evidence of any existing contact, or attempt at establishing contact, with academics at your chosen German host institution. It is not necessary to translate the letters of invitation from German faculty. Get an invitation or a confirming letter by German host – especially important for the Research grant DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Statement of Support & Credit Eligibility Statement of Support & Credit Eligibility Only for undergraduate students! Please note “in principle eligible for credit” Form can be downloaded from the website: www.daad.org/?p=47220 Transcript Official transcript of all post-secondary studies, including • Explanation of the grading system • Submit one original + 3 copies DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Language Certificate - (Sprachzeugnis) The form for the language certificate can be downloaded from our website Has to be filled out by a member of the German or language department of your university Even if you do not know any German, the blank form has to submitted with “No knowledge of German” at the top How much German do I need? …depends… • Previous knowledge of German not • required, but should be • commensurate with the project in Germany DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service Submitting the application Original + 3 copies of everything in one package Please, keep a photocopy of your documents for your own records Do not staple or bind anything Make sure you meet the application deadline (postmark) Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted All applications must be sent to the NY office Confirmation after approx. 6 weeks DAAD : : North America : : Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service We hope to see you soon in Germany!